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A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.Education
Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.
Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.
Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.
Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.
Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.Advancement
With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.
Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.
Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Applications Developer Analyst||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Jersey City, NJ||Mar 06, 2016||$130,000|
|Advisor Applications Development Analyst||Puget Sound Energy Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Apr 11, 2015||$128,775|
|Applications Developer Analyst||JP Morgan Chase & Co||New York, NY||Mar 05, 2016||$126,422|
|Lead Application Development Analyst||BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.||Westborough, MA||Apr 18, 2016||$122,325|
|Application Development Analyst||KLC Consulting Inc.||Tallahassee, FL||Jan 15, 2015||$120,000|
|Lead Application Development Analyst||BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.||Westborough, MA||Aug 22, 2016||$120,000|
|Application Development Analyst||BKFS I Services LLC||Jacksonville, FL||Jan 01, 2015||$119,407|
|Applications Development Analyst IV||BKFS I Services LLC||Irvine, CA||Feb 13, 2015||$115,523 -
|Applications Development Analyst||KLC Consulting Inc.||Tallahassee, FL||Jan 15, 2015||$115,000|
|Application Development Analyst||Reiter Affiliated Companies, LLC||Oxnard, CA||Jul 30, 2016||$114,577|
|Lead Application Development Analyst||BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.||Westborough, MA||Mar 02, 2015||$113,422 -
|Lead Application Development Analyst||BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.||Westborough, MA||Aug 04, 2016||$113,422|
|Application Developer/Principal Analyst||Project Performance Company||Richmond, VA||Dec 23, 2016||$111,661|
|Application Development Analyst||Federal National Mortgage Association||Reston, VA||Dec 18, 2015||$88,000 -
|Application Development Analyst IV||Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation||Edgewater Park, NJ||May 06, 2016||$88,000 -
|Application Development Analyst||Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC||New York, NY||Mar 19, 2015||$88,000|
|Application Development Analyst, Senior||Spectrum Health System||Grand Rapids, MI||Jun 30, 2015||$87,838|
|Software Application Developer/Analyst||Active Enterprise Solutiosn LLC||Bridgewater, NJ||Aug 20, 2015||$87,547|
|Software Application Developer/Analyst||Active Enterprise Solutiosn LLC||Bridgewater, NJ||Aug 19, 2015||$87,547|
|Software Application Developer/Analyst||Active Enterprise Solutiosn LLC||Bridgewater, NJ||Sep 15, 2015||$87,547|
|Application Development Analyst||Spectrum Health System||Grand Rapids, MI||Jan 16, 2015||$75,571|
|Application Development Analyst, Senior||Spectrum Health System||Grand Rapids, MI||Dec 05, 2016||$75,525|
|Application Development Analyst||Spectrum Health System||Grand Rapids, MI||Jan 03, 2016||$75,525|
|Application Development Analyst||BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.||Westborough, MA||Oct 08, 2016||$75,000|
|Application Development Analyst||Sun Life Financial (U.S.) Services Company, Inc.||Wellesley, MA||Aug 17, 2016||$75,000 -
|Application Development Analyst||Spectrum Health System||Grand Rapids, MI||Apr 04, 2016||$74,880|
|Application Development Analyst||Lancesoft, Inc.||Washington, DC||Jun 29, 2015||$74,800|
|Application Developer Analyst||BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.||Westborough, MA||Oct 19, 2015||$74,506 -
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